Local schools were invited to experience a unique environmental education programme to celebrate World Wildlife Day.
PUPILS from Durban South schools including Bluff Christian Academy, Assegai Primary, Parsee Rustomjee Primary and Grosvenor Boys High School experienced a unique environmental education programme to celebrate World Wildlife Day on Saturday, 2 March.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’s (WESSA) Treasure Beach educational centre on the Bluff played host to a rocky shores ecosystem challenge at Treasure Beach. Pupils explored the different sea creatures within the water close to the shore and simultaneously enjoyed first-hand experience of the harmful effects of water pollution on marine life. Part of the programme was well suited for the young ones’ curious minds as it included educational exhibits displaying different experiments and information all aimed at focusing on life below water and marine species.
WESSA is affiliated with a number of organisations in its mission to protect and care for the environment including the United Nations, Youth Managers Foundation, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Department of Environmental Affairs, Durban Solid Waste and eThekwini Municipality.
The High Commission of Canada in South Africa hosted a beach clean-up event in partnership with WILDOCEANS and the US consulate in Durban. The aim of the event was to host a beach clean-up and educational workshop on ocean plastic waste and marine litter to ecosystems at a beach in Durban as part of Canada’s G7 commitment to take action to address oceans plastics.
Canada is committed to protecting the environment and preserving the waterways, so that the world continues to enjoy the beauty, health and economic benefits that our oceans, lakes and rivers provide. The government of Canada is working at home, in South Africa and across the world with partners to address the serious and growing problem of ocean waste. Involved was, Sithengile High School, a local school, on the day. After the cleanup we played educational games encouraging the students to make a commitment to protect the marine environment.
We’re celebrating 20 YEARS OF SUCCESS, and we have 20 days to go until the MUCH ANTICIPATED Main Durban Business Fair!
The eThekwini Municipality has called for businesses wanting to exhibit at the Durban Businesses Fair at Durban to register before August 31, as space is limited.
The fair which will take place from September 18 to 24 at the ICC and Durban Exhibition Centre, intends to equip business people with the appropriate skills to grow and sustain their businesses, through networking with various business sectors and potential buyers.
The exhibition will be headlined by influential business people who will share their expertise on business development and the opportunities available for emerging businesses to tap into the mainstream economy.
Mayor Zandile Gumede, said the council was celebrating two decades of the successful Durban Business Fair this year, which is a milestone for the city.
“It is encouraging to see the impact this programme has made in developing the small business sector. There is no doubt that the fair is one tool that we can use as a city in achieving radical economic transformation” said Gumede.
Please spread the news and join us at the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day at Cuttings Beach, Merebank & Treasure Beach this weekend!
Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash
The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline.
The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed individuals. Back in 1986, Linda Maraniss moved to Texas from Washington, DC, where she had been working for Ocean Conservancy.
She’d been inspired by the work her Ocean Conservancy colleague Kathy O’Hara was doing on a groundbreaking report called Plastics in the Ocean: More than a Litter Problem that would be published the next year.
Linda and Kathy reached out to the Texas General Land Office, local businesses and other dedicated ocean-lovers, and planned what would become Ocean Conservancy’s first Cleanup. They asked volunteers to go beyond picking up trash and record each item collected on a standardized data card in order to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future.
The Cleanup has grown immensely in the 30 years since Linda and Kathy’s first Cleanup. Volunteers from states and territories throughout the U.S. and more than 100 countries come together each year and participate in a Cleanup event near them.
Expect a weekend of super loaded portside fun for all ages at this year’s Durban Port Festival, hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority. The festival will include tours of naval vessels, a maritime careers and business exhibition, arts and crafts, a lifestyle village with food and drinks for all tastes and a 5km fun run. Dj HappyGal will be on the the decks throughout the weekend and you can also catch live performances by popular South African music artists including Saturday 29 September with Holly Rey at 4.30pm, Junior De Rocka at 5pm and DJ Tira at 6pm, while on Sunday 30 September Lady Zamar headlines at 4.30pm. No alcohol, weapons or cooler boxes will be permitted.
Venues: Port of Durban: N-Shed at the passenger / cruise terminal, Port Entrance 3, Quayside Road (off Margaret Mncadi / Victoria Embankment), as well as in the vicinity of the Royal Natal Yacht Club.
Grosvenor Municipal Library invites the community to attend a legal awareness seminar on Tuesday, 11 September.
The seminar is a presentation on wills and estates, and all who are interested are encouraged to attend. The presentation runs from 10.30am until noon in the GA room. The library can be found at 3 Wesley Road in Grosvenor, behind the medical centre.